Boys Are Finding People Aren't So Bad
A recent wire story from Liberty, N.Y., related that business was bad for the brothers Katz-Steven, 10, Arthur, 8, and Robert, 6 -- founders of the Sav-A-Fine Co., a non-profit organization.
When the boys find an expired parking meter they put in a nickel and leave a card on the auto windshield pointing out they have probably saved the owner $1 fine and inviting him to return the nickel by mail.
The story stated that the brothers had invested between $2.50 and $3 in good samaritanism and their return had been only 50 cents.
Author Robert Nathan was touched by the story and wrote them a letter hoping the deficit wouldn't cause them to lose faith in their fellow men. He also sent a check for $1.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
April 30, 1940: “Look for screams from stellar biggies when Los Angeles fire officials start enforcing the new ordinance banning trailer dressing rooms from sound stages,” Jimmie Fidler says.
Wot’s this about Italian envoy Dino “The Charmer” Alfieri and a certain Nazi officer’s wife? More on the jump.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Our mystery guest is Vera Lewis, above, in a photo dated Aug. 27, 1916.
Feb. 12, 1956: Lewis dies at the age of 82.
June 14 1925: Elinor Glyn says Vera Lewis is the reincarnation of Empress Sophia Maria!
Trout season opens – and The Times’ Saturday sports cover features a cartoon by Alex Perez.
April 30, 1960: Caryl Chessman’s long fight to avoid the gas chamber is just about over.On the jump: Dick Clark tells a congressional panel that he never took payola … and Chuck Dressen says, “ Don Drysdale really studies the hitters. You don't have to tell him how to pitch to the hitters. He tells you.”
April 30, 1910: I’ve seen lots of peculiar stories in the old papers, but this is the first account I have ever read of cannibals eating missionaries, in this case the Rev. Horatio Hopkins and the Rev. Hector Laurie McPherson of the Presbyterian Polynesian Mission. There’s also a story about white slavery in New York and a violent strike in Mount Vernon, Ill. Quite a news day.
On the jump, a wife stabs her neglectful husband in the back with a paring knife during an argument, but he forgives her. It’s only a flesh wound, after all.
Sinatra Admirer Undaunted by Threats
For many years as a disc jockey and program director Frank Evans has played the records of Frank Sinatra. He knows and admires him.
Several weeks ago he was playing them, no more and no less than usual, on his programs on station KRHM-FM but suddenly things were different.
He was assailed by a deluge of vicious phone calls and mail. What did he mean, playing Sinatra's records? Didn't he know about Sinatra? Some attacked Evans personally. Others threatened picketing and boycott. As always, the threateners were anonymous. The usual identification was "A Loyal American" or "Commie Hater" or "A Patriot," as if those who refused to accept their weird irrelevance were not.
The reason, of course, was that Sinatra had hired Albert Maltz to write the screenplay of "The Execution of Private Slovik." Maltz was convicted of contempt of Congress 10 years ago and served a year in jail for refusing to tell a committee if he were a Communist.
“We Failed Miserably!”
Time for a Final Note of Appreciation
How's your humility today? Well, suppose we share mine.
I am haunted by a note from a longtime reader, particularly the last sentence: "I have cancer and it will only be a matter of weeks now and I thought that I should tell you that you have made the years a bit more pleasant for me."
I don't mean to spoil anyone's day with somber thoughts but here is a cheerful man, awaiting the big adventure, taking a moment of his allotted time to be gracious as he sets his house in order. Vaya con dios, H.C.A.
LIFE CAN ALSO be frustrating for bail bondsmen, those liberators of people in jams, who most persons think have "got it made."